Use of the iQue Screener to better understand the biological mechanisms of disease early in the drug discovery process is expected to lower cost, improve lead selection and ultimately result in better, safer, more efficacious drugs.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California – May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the high throughput multiplexing market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes IntelliCyt with the 2016 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership. IntelliCyt’s unique platform, the iQue® Screener, is an integrated system that is not only scalable, but offers an end-to-end solution to address researchers’ challenges. The platform provides fast, rich, multiplexed information about each cell while ensuring quality of the data obtained.
The iQue Screener platform is an integrated instrument, software, and reagent system that offers high throughout multiplexed analysis of cell and bead assays in industry-standard microplates. Its two-laser platform, with six detection parameters per cell and the ability to analyze 96 and 384 well microplates, proved highly popular, especially in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. An enhanced version of the product, the iQue Screener HD, was launched with the added capability to analyze 1536 well microplates, which are used in large-scale, high throughput screening operations. Additionally, IntelliCyt has a higher parameter product, the iQue Screener PLUS, with three lasers that can measure up to 15 detection channels per cell.
“The biggest differentiators of the iQue Screener are its speed and throughput when analyzing multiple samples in 96, 384, and even 1536 well microplates,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Aish Vivekanandan. “The iQue Screener’s proprietary rapid sampling technique employs a continuous, air gap separated, stream of samples. This technique enables researchers to use as little as 1 µl of sample from each well and perform the analysis many times faster than traditional flow cytometers.”
IntelliCyt’s iQue Screener can detect individual cells and/or beads and make multiplex measurements on each. The sample processing time can be as little as 3 minutes for a 96 well plate and 12 minutes for a 384 well plate. The same analysis can take hours with competing analyzers.
The iQue Screener is particularly useful in cases where cells are in limited supply because it makes it possible for researchers to obtain quality data from micro-volume samples. This allows the user to run hundreds of tests using the same sample, while a standard flow cytometer can only run 5 to 10 tests. Furthermore, by miniaturizing the sample volume, the iQue Screener lowers the amount of reagents needed, thereby lowering reagent costs per test.
The iQue Screener has distinguished itself in the market, not just with its core platform, but also with its ForeCyt® software. The software boasts various features including unique plate-level analysis and visualization tools. It offers a multi-user, multi-instrument data storage and management solution that is secured through encrypted network communication.
“IntelliCyt’s ForeCyt software allows for simple deployment and installation with personalized infrastructures through flexible IT layouts,” noted Vivekanandan. “Apart from flexibility, the IntelliCyt’s software offers interactive gating and real-time results re-analysis for fast and easy assay optimization. The distinctive “profile mapping” feature presents valuable data on cell processes or interactions to help obtain vital insights into diseases and their possible cures.”
For the clear value that IntelliCyt’s iQue Screener brings to the market, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present the company with the 2016 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality, gaining rapid acceptance in the market. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.
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IntelliCyt Corporation manufactures and sells instrumentation, software and reagents that facilitate the study of cells and their components to gain a better understanding of normal and disease processes. This information speeds the discovery and development of new drugs and provides new insight for the diagnosis of diseases. IntelliCyt’s products are used worldwide throughout the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and in nonprofit research labs. For more information, please visit www.intellicyt.com.
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